Our main flagship event, the annual track-laying trip to Wales is a valuable opportunity for our members to get some hands-on engineering experience through providing track maintenance of the Welsh Highland Railway. Located in some of the most scenic and beautiful areas of Snowdonia, Wales, the oldest heritage railway in Wales is entirely maintained and supported by its volunteers. Over a weekend, our members get to work alongside experienced veterans of the rail industry, building close ties and forging a strong sense of inter-generational camaraderie.
The Highgate Control Centre is the central nervous system of the Northern Line, and is open for guided tours around their control room. This provides insights on the signalling that takes place behind the scenes, alongside the backup measures in place in cases of emergency that ensure signalling of the line will run in an uninterrupted manner.
With one of the oldest and most established urban transportation networks in the world, London has many lessons to offer in terms of the history and development of its transport system. As such, we aim to provide discounted (or even free) visits to relevant transport museums in London, in order to make such visits affordable and accessible for our members and students. These visits will enrich our members’ understanding and appreciation of the rich heritage of London’s transportation network.
Formal Events and Networking Opportunities
In the same spirit of transportation systems in connecting people and lives, we believe that formal networking events are essential for developing and sustaining the networks between our alumni, society members, and the UK transport industry. These events, including our prestigious annual Black-Tie Dinner at the Rector’s house, serve to promote closer ties between our society and the rail industry.
Bombardier: A Career in the Rail Industry
Monday 2nd December
A talk by Imperial Alumni, David Horton.
Chartered Engineer David Horton graduated from Mechanical Engineering at Imperial in 2007. Starting on the Bombardier UK graduate scheme, he is currently a specialist in Dynamics and Suspension design within the Bogies Business Unit. The talk will cover his experience of the rail industry so far, the opportunities available at Bombardier, and the joy of real engineering!
We are pleased to invite all of you to our first major event, a trip to the Chiltern Railways Depot in Aylesbury. This is a great chance to get behind the scenes in train maintenance, see some of the control systems, and to have a go on a train simulator.
You can see a few photos from this year's visit here:
We run this trip most years and it's always very popular! There are a limited number of places so will have to allocate these on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested, please send us an email after 12:00 noon on Monday 28th October 2013. The first replies will secure a place. We will send out a reminder email on Monday morning.
In your message please include your full name (so we can check membership) and a contact number (in case we can't find each-other when meeting up).
On the 4th of November, we are offering places to a talk from CH2M HILL recruitment and engineers about their company and graduate and internship opportunities.
CH2M HILL is a global leader in full-service consulting, design, design-build, operations and programme management for public and private clients. Some of their iconic projects include London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (UK), 2022 FIFA World Cup (Qatar), Thames Tideway Tunnel and Lee Tunnel (UK), High Speed 2 – HS2 (UK) and many more. They also work on some of the major Transport for London projects.
Meet at the Doric Arch Pub, 18:30. Come and meet the committee along with other members of the club and find out more about the society. For more information about the pub, visit http://www.doric-arch.co.uk/.